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December 2, 2011
• Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 23000
Z. Ibrahimovic 56'
A. Nocerino 79'
And that's it! The referee blows for full time and the final score is 2-0 to Milan. Genoa's unbeaten home run comes to end, and Milan go joint-top with Juventus. I've been Alex Mott. Cheers.
Seedorf has been superb since coming up. And the Grand Dutch Master tries to switch the play with a wonderful ball out to El Shaarawy, but the ball is too long for the youngster, and it goes out.
Yellow Card Flavio Roma
Stephan El Shaarawy
Yellow Card Miguel Veloso
Genoa are pushing for a consolation, but are leaving far too many players isolated at the back. Boateng tries to take advantage of this, but his pass to Seedorf is sloppy, and Milan lose the ball.
Ibrahimovic looks for Antonini on the overlap, but the full-back is ajudged to be offside.
I can't see Genoa coming back from this. It looks like Milan are going to go into the weekend level on points with Juventus.
Assist Kevin-Prince Boateng
Goal Antonio Nocerino
GOOOAAALLLL MILAN. It looked like Genoa were getting back into this, but Nocerino has doubled the Rossoneri's lead. A cross from Boateng on the left finds Nocerino all alone inside the box, and he taps in from 3 yards.
Ze Eduardo has come on, and is instantly involved: drawing a foul from Yepes. The free kick though is wasted, and Milan retrieve possession.
It's all Genoa now. So much for struggling with ten men.
Merkel the substitute fires in a low ball, and Rossi tries a Zola-esque only to watch the ball go agonisingly wide. So unlucky.
It's all Milan now! A long, diagonal ball is played out towards Nocerino. The former Palermo man then cuts back and tries to find Robinho inside the box. The ball though is overhit, and it goes out for a goal kick.
A corner is played short, and then fired out to Ibra on the edge of the D. The Swede then tries his luck, but the shot goes wide.
Another penalty shout! But this time, the referee waves Boateng to his feet.
It looked as if Genoa were going to struggle with ten men, but almost as soon as I was contemplating that, Rossi goes and hits a stunning half-volley just wide of Amelia's far post.
You're going to have to seek out that Robinho miss from somehere. It was majestical.
OH NO. THAT IS THE WORST MISS I HAVE EVER SEEN. Robinho from no more than 2 yards out skies it over the bar. Dear me.
And it's nearly two straight away. Ibra heads a ball on to Robinho, he plays the ball into Boateng, but the Ghanaian can't quite get his shot away in time.
Penalty Goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic
GOOOOAAALLLL MILAN. And who else but Ibrahimovic with the penalty. Hit high and hard into the top left-hand corner. 1-0.
And Kaladze is off for a late challenge on Ibra inside the box. A definite red, and a penalty to boot.
Yellow/Red Kakhaber Kaladze
Genoa are starting to assert themselves now. Mesto puts in a stunning ball from the left-hand side, but Amelia oes well to punch it clear.
I don't think Genoa have touched the ball yet this ha...oh, Mesto nicks the ball off Ambrosini and tries an audacious shot. It's rubbish though.
Yellow Card Kakhaber Kaladze
After a foul from Kaladze, Ibra has another chance with a free kick. Again though, his attmept is poor, and it goes straight into the wall.
And it's Milan who are keeping hold of the ball early on in this second 45. Ibra drops deep to collect the ball, turns, sees Robinho making a darting run, but the pass is cut out by Kaladze.
The second half is underway.
And that's it. The referee blows for half time with the scores tied at 0-0. I'll be back in 15 minutes for the second half, but don't forget to contact me via Twitter @alexjmott.
Yellow Card Emiliano Moretti
Abate, who's been quieter than usual in this game, goes on a bombastic down the right. Granqvist makes sure that run is ended fairly swiftly. The subsequent free kick is really poor, and only just reaches the edge of the boxm and is cleared.
Genoa have another corner. Again though, the ball from Veloso is poor, and Yepes clears.
After a foul on Nocerino, Ibrah has a chance to open the scoring with a free kick 25m out. He hits it so far over, I think it's just landed in Milan.
OOHHH. So close for Genoa. Some shambolic defending from Milan almost gifts Pratto a goal. Yepes dithers on the ball, the Genoa striker nicks the ball off his toe and fires across Amelia's goal, inches wide of the post.
Yellow Card Luca Antonini
Mesto whips in a cross from the right-hand side. But what was intended as a cross ends up nearly beating Amelia at his far-post. The 'keeper though, manages to outstretch his palm, and tips the ball over.
Another flare has gone off inside the stadium. But on the pitch, Aquilani puts in a deep cross, only for Thiago Silva to header over.
Yellow Card Andreas Granqvist
Ambrosini goes down in the box, but the referee deems him to have dived.
Milan have definitely started the better of the two sides after that break mid-game.
Boateng is again the centre of things for Milan. This time, he takes down a long Ambrosini ball, spots Antonini in space on the left, brilliantly slots it between two defenders, only for the Italian full-back to overhit his cross.
Boateng does fantastically well to shimmy past two Genoa defenders. He then spots Ibrahimoivc inside the box, but the Swede is offside.
Ibrahimovic runs into the left channel and wins a thrown in. It's taken quickly, and the ball is squared to Boateng. The Ghanaian spots a chance, but his strike goes wide.
Antonini plays a one-two with Ibra down the left, drags the ball back, and puts in a gutsy cross. The ball though is overhit, and runs out for a goal kick.
And we're off...again. With a thrown in to Genoa deep in their own half.
Seedorf looked to be calling his team-mates off, but after a minute or so, all the players and officials are back on the pitch. Looks like it's a goer after all.
These are quite unbelievable scenes. There's still no football being played; the officials are talking at the side of the pitch. Flares have apparently gone off outside the stadium.
I'm not too sure if this game is going to continue. Lots of fans seem to be leaving the ground.
Something's happened at the stadium. It seems some tear gas has gone off. The players are all gathering in the centre circle.
Again, straight up the other end, and Robinho has a cheeky shot trying to catch Frey unawares at his near post. The 'keeper though is more than equal to it.
It's Genoa's turn now to have a shot on goal, but the 30m effort from Veloso trickles well wide.
Yellow Card Massimo Ambrosini
Milan should have scored there. A ball from the right-hand side finds Nocerino inside the area, but his first touch is too heavy and Frey picks up the loose ball.
Straight up the other end, and Genoa have the first corner of the game. Veloso whips in a delightful ball, but it's cleared successfully by Yepes.
OHHH. Robinho has the first shot of the game. He received the ball about 25m out, took one touch, and then, with his second, fired the ball just over the bar.
Robinho drops deep, receives the ball from Ambrosini, plays a one-two with Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box, but the Brazilian's shot is blocked by Danielli.
Veloso gets crowded out in the centre of the park, and gives the ball away. Antonini receives the loose pass and puts in a great, early cross, only to see Frey collect the ball.
We're back playing, and almost instantly, Rossi puts in a whipping ball from the right-hand side, but Amelia gather with relative ease.
Danielli is down with what looks like a knee injury, but while we wait, do remember to contact me @alexjmott if you have any comments on tonight's game or Serie A in general.
Nocerino brings down a lofted ball from Ambrosini, but Kaladze manages to track the former Palermo man's run, and nicks the ball off him at the last moment.
Rossi goes on his first saunter down the right flank, but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Genoa, in their traditional bule and red, kicking from left to right, get us underway.
The teams are out and shaking hands. Kick off is imminent.
Kick off is under 10 minutes away, and the atmosphere here at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is electric.
And for Milan, Amelia starts in place of Abbiati and Robinho comes in for Pato.
Of course, the main news as far as Genoa are concerned is the absence of top-scorer Rodrigo Palacio who is out because of suspension.
And Milan: (4-3-1-2) Amelia; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
The line-ups have been announced. Genoa (4-4-2) Frey; Dainelli, Granqvist, Moretti, Kaladze; Mesto, Veloso, Constant, Rossi; Pratto, Jankovic.
Genoa though, will be looking to nullify the threat Serie A's top-scorers pose, and this season's form would suggest they have a good chance. Genoa are so far unbeaten at home this season, a record that has catapulted them into 9th.
The Luigi Ferraris is the venue for tonight's game, and it's a match-up that Milan will be desperate to win considering they can go top if they grab all three points.
Evening all. Welcome to Goal.com's play-by-play coverage of Genoa vs AC Milan. I'm Alex Mott and I'll be your commentator for the evening. If I was you, I'd sit back, pour yourself something nice and enjoy what promises to be a fascinating encounter. Kick off is at 7.45 GMT.
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